Southeastern US

Ismaili photo-journalist, Shama Hakim Manji, capturing the local markets and scenic views of the Badakhshan region.
Ismaili photo-journalist, Shama Hakim Manji, capturing the local markets and scenic views of the Badakhshan region.
A Cultural Exchange Experience in Hunza, Pakistan
A Cultural Exchange Experience in Hunza, Pakistan
16 January 2020

Pakistan, with its vast culture and loving citizens, is welcoming and open for tourism. My visit to the various regions of this beautiful country with the experienced and talented cultural dancers of Sanam Studio was in itself a great learning experience and added to my patriotism and love for the country in which I was born.

Dr. David Marcus, Arabic Lecturer at the Georgia Institute of Technology, sings and performs traditional Arabic music on the oud.
Dr. David Marcus, Arabic Lecturer at the Georgia Institute of Technology, sings and performs traditional Arabic music on the oud.
The Story of How Music Transcended Fragile Societies
The Story of How Music Transcended Fragile Societies
9 November 2019

The melody of a mandolin, accordion, banjo, and violin filled the room, bringing together nearly 200 people from different faiths and cultures on a Sunday afternoon. On October 27, the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF), and the Ismaili Council for the Southeastern United States presented in partnership a film screening of “El Gusto,” a musical documentary by filmmaker Safinez Bousbia, who won the Best Director Award at the Abu Dhabi International Film Festival in 2011. The film screening was held at the Ismaili Jamatkhana in Norcross, Georgia.

 

Judge Dhanidina with Salim Bhatia, Director, Aga Khan Academies, and Mrs. Bhatia.
Judge Dhanidina with Salim Bhatia, Director, Aga Khan Academies, and Mrs. Bhatia.
Judge Halim Dhanidina Speaks on Dissent, Democracy and Public Service
Judge Halim Dhanidina Speaks on Dissent, Democracy and Public Service
8 November 2019

At the International Athens Democracy Forum in 2015, Mawlana Hazar Imam stated, "The progress of democracy in our world is fundamentally linked to improving the quality of human life." He cited four elements that could help advance democracy: an improved constitutional understanding, independent and pluralistic media, the potential of civil society, and a genuine democratic ethic.

First responders, government officials, community leaders, and volunteers at the Eid al-Adha Civic Appreciation Event in Duluth, Georgia.
First responders, government officials, community leaders, and volunteers at the Eid al-Adha Civic Appreciation Event in Duluth, Georgia.
Appreciating First Responders for their Service and Sacrifice
Appreciating First Responders for their Service and Sacrifice
4 November 2019

In celebration of Eid al-Adha, the Ismaili Council for the Southeastern United States hosted two civic appreciation events to recognize and honor local law enforcement and public safety officials.  Elected representatives from state, county, and city levels joined in honoring the selfless sacrifices made by first responders, especially in the face of emergencies. The events were held at the Ismaili Jamatkhanas in Duluth, Georgia, and Hoover, Alabama, and were attended by fire, police and sheriff officers from 15 departments, representing 8 local jurisdictions.

Mona Dossani, RN, teaching at AKHS, Dar es Salaam.
Mona Dossani, RN, teaching at AKHS, Dar es Salaam.
Supporting Nurses Around the World: Ismaili Nurses Alliance
Supporting Nurses Around the World: Ismaili Nurses Alliance
12 October 2019

“ I have long felt the enhancement of the nursing profession to be absolutely critical to the improvement of healthcare in the developing world, and the Islamic world. The way forward was to professionalize, to institutionalize, and to dignify this great profession.” -Mawlana Hazar Imam, Archon Award Ceremony of Sigma Theta Tau International, Copenhagen, Denmark,  June 7, 2001

Fatima Jamani (“Maaji”) in her volunteer uniform at Ismaili Center and Jamatkhana in Atlanta.
Fatima Jamani (“Maaji”) in her volunteer uniform at Ismaili Center and Jamatkhana in Atlanta.
Still a Volunteer at 105 Years of Age
Still a Volunteer at 105 Years of Age
11 October 2019

Her blue dupatta (shawl) with the white border glistens as she directs the flow of traffic in Atlanta’s busy Ismaili Center and Jamatkhana, while seated on her chair. "Maaji" celebrated her 105th birthday on January 1st of this year, and she is the epitome of service, dedication and loyalty to the Imam and the Jamat.

Amynah and Shaffiq Welji.
Amynah and Shaffiq Welji.
Facing Life's Challenges
Facing Life's Challenges
5 October 2019

“Struggle is the meaning of life. Defeat or victory are in the hands of God, but struggle itself is man’s duty and should be his joy.” -Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah

Adversity takes many different shapes; it can be crushing and life-altering, yet calls upon one’s inner strengths, perseverance, and will. No matter its form or impact, from the wounds of adversity, comes wisdom.

I-CERV (Ismaili Community Engaged in Responsible Volunteering) volunteers of all ages sorted non-perishable food items and distributed meals at the Atlanta Community Food Bank Holiday Event.
I-CERV (Ismaili Community Engaged in Responsible Volunteering) volunteers of all ages sorted non-perishable food items and distributed meals at the Atlanta Community Food Bank Holiday Event.
Celebrating and Showing Gratitude
Celebrating and Showing Gratitude
27 July 2019

“It gives you a feeling that nothing else can really give you, it gives you a different type of joy. You see what you’re doing and how that is helping the community,” says Maha Jalia, a university student and member of the Atlanta I-CERV team.

The United Nations of Play event brought together children and families to the Children’s Museum of Atlanta to learn about diverse cultures and traditions from around the world.
The United Nations of Play event brought together children and families to the Children’s Museum of Atlanta to learn about diverse cultures and traditions from around the world.
United Nations of Play Showcases Al-Azhar Park and Egypt Exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta
United Nations of Play Showcases Al-Azhar Park and Egypt Exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta
19 July 2019

Families from all across Atlanta and the US visited the Children’s Museum of Atlanta for the Museum’s first-ever United Nations of Play. This day-long event immersed visitors in exhibitions from a number of countries, such as Egypt, India, Peru, Senegal, and others, highlighting diverse cultural and historical traditions and exposing young minds to international cultures through play. The Ismaili Council for the Southeastern United States was among the Museum’s partners for the inaugural event, strengthening its existing five-year collaborative partnership.

Senator David Perdue joins community members and leaders for a picture during a luncheon at the Ismaili Jamatkhana.
Senator David Perdue joins community members and leaders for a picture during a luncheon at the Ismaili Jamatkhana.
Ismaili Jamatkhanas in Greater Atlanta Host Elected Officials
Ismaili Jamatkhanas in Greater Atlanta Host Elected Officials
19 July 2019

Ismaili Jamatkhanas foster an appreciation of pluralism and serve as a perfect venue for sharing the Ismaili Muslim identity and community values with the greater community. Events hosted at the Jamatkhana stimulate the intellect, encourage dialogue, and celebrate cultural diversity in the Greater Atlanta Area. They are often also used to host government and community leaders to enhance relations and find pathways for civic engagement.

Buddhist monks and Nuns from Emory University’s Tenzin Gyatso Science Scholar Program perform a prayer chant about developing friendship and unity among practitioners of different disciplines.
Buddhist monks and Nuns from Emory University’s Tenzin Gyatso Science Scholar Program perform a prayer chant about developing friendship and unity among practitioners of different disciplines.
Celebrating Common Values and Discovering Beauty in Harmony at Atlanta’s Inaugural Day of Religious Pluralism
Celebrating Common Values and Discovering Beauty in Harmony at Atlanta’s Inaugural Day of Religious Pluralism
19 May 2019

The members of the Atlanta City Council issued an official Proclamation and joined “faith, community and civic leaders to affirm (our) shared, cherished values of dignity, unity, respect, and compassion for our fellow human beings,” thereby endorsing April 4, 2019, as Atlanta’s inaugural Day of Religious Pluralism.

Representative Beth Moore, the Consulates, panelists, and volunteers celebrate 2019 International Women’s Day and pose for the theme #BalanceforBetter, promoting gender balance.
Representative Beth Moore, the Consulates, panelists, and volunteers celebrate 2019 International Women’s Day and pose for the theme #BalanceforBetter, promoting gender balance.
The Breadwinner Returns in Recognition of International Women’s Day
The Breadwinner Returns in Recognition of International Women’s Day
5 May 2019

Storytelling has long been used as a means to share traditions, preserve culture, educate and instill values, even before the advent of writing. Whether through gestures, expressions, music or dance, various forms of oral storytelling have been used historically by families and communities.

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